Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus – what we know so far

After their S9 line of phones didn’t make quite an impact like its predecessor, Samsung apparently has some big plans for their S10 series. Don’t get us wrong, S9 is still one of the best phones you can have, but it is a bit difficult to get excited about the super expensive device which is too similar to his previous model. We are quite sure, though, that S10 series will be more than just a flagship. Not only because of number 10 in the title but also because it has a lot to prove after a slight letdown with S9. Samsung Galaxy S10 line will be consisting of the default Samsung Galaxy S10, potential Samsung Galaxy S10 Lite, and Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus. We will most likely see all of these phones in early 2019, with the S10 Plus being the biggest and possibly the best out of them.

Although we probably won’t see the S10 Plus before late February, we already got a lot of info about it, and even some pictures of the supposedly aforementioned phone. According to what we saw, it seems that this phone will be very different comparing to the Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus. The design will be completely overhauled, and it will contain many new features.  

The first and foremost question is when we are supposed to expect the Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus to arrive on the market. The most probable guess is it will happen during the Mobile World Congress 2019, which will take place in Barcelona from February 25-28. The Samsung’s S9 range debuted at MWC 2018, so it’s natural to expect they will do the similar thing on the next MWC. Considering that Samsung sometimes holds press conferences in advance of MWC, it’s highly possible that Galaxy S10 premier will land a day or so before the event.

However, we can say for sure that S10 Plus will be showcased on MWC 2019, considering it Samsung doesn’t always use MWC to announce their new products. Some sources even predict that the S10 series could arrive in January, during CES 2019. Whatever the case, we will surely get our hands on the phone in the first few months of the next year, because Samsung likes to keep the interspace between their phones’ reveal for about a year. For now, there are no rumors about the price, but considering that the launch price for Galaxy S9 Plus was $840, it is to expect that S10 will cost at least that much.

The closest look at the possible future design of the Samsung Galaxy S10 plus are two leaked pictures, which surprisingly don’t match. They are both pictures of the phone with a triple lens camera, but the pictures differentiate in terms of the color of the camera block and the size of the lenses. It is highly possible that one of those pictures is wrong, or even both of them. It’s also possible that those pictures show two different models of the S10 line. Except for those two differences, the pictures match with a display of a slightly curved back, probably made of glass, and a frame that looks to be made of metal.

The S10 renders that we have seen show us the screen which is cut-out for a dual-lens, front-facing camera, and very thin bezels. There is also are quad lens camera on the back, 3.5 mm headphone port at the bottom edge, a curved display and metal frame with the glass back. The phone measurements are 157.5 x 75.0 x 7.8mm, which widens to 9mm at the camera bump. This is the similar size to the Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus, despite S10 having a larger screen (6,4″)  

There are rumors about Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus having a triple lens rear camera, more specifically, a 12MP f/1.5-f/2.4 variable aperture lens, a 16MP f/1.9 aperture lens with a 123-degree field of view, and a 13MP f/2.4 aperture lens. It is also rumored that this phone will have a dual lens front-facing snapper, which makes five cameras in total. However, some speculations mention six cameras, with four at rear and two at front.

The specifications of the device you will get depend on your home country because Samsung usually gives the Snapdragon-based phones to the US buyers, and Exynos-based to other countries. Therefore, Samsung announced the new Exynos 9820 octa-core chipset, made with 8nm tech. Additionally, there should be three sets of cores, four 1.78GHz power-saving cores, three 2.42GHz high-end cores, and one 2.84GHz ‘gold’ core. Concerning the RAM, the reports mention up to 12 GB, and 1TB of storage space, but we would take that with the grain of salt.

Samsung said that they will start to use UFS 3.0 storage early in 2019 and S10 line would be a perfect opportunity for that. UFS storage technology uses less space and it’s two times faster than the standard one. If this is true, Samsung will double its smallest storage size from 64GB to 128GB, because later value is the minimal storage size UFS employs.

Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus is truly a step forward comparing to its predecessor. Its strong performances are partially hindered by a lack of upgrades for the camera and battery.  Nevertheless, this upcoming phone is very attractive and signifies a lot of changes we hoped to see in Samsung’s new S10 line.